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  • siggy
    started a topic Best way to use rapid rooters

    Best way to use rapid rooters

    I had poor germination with my first try of rapid rooters. After a week of no sprouting, I cut them open and each seed had cracked open and a tiny (1 mm) white root was showing. A couple days later they were exactly the same, with no further growth. Not sure if the problem is heat, too much moisture, planting too deep in the rapid rooter, etc.

    I had each rooter sitting in a cm of water, in an icecube tray. The tray was in a room that was 76 degrees F. I probably pushed the seed to deep into the rooter; each was about a cm deep, not visible from the top. I watered them each day from the top, so that the rooters were saturated with water. I realize I did something wrong.... too wet? At this point I have taken each seed, with the tiny root showing, and put them into soil... but I'm not optimistic given that it has been over a week and there is little sign of activity. Any advice would be appreciated- I have a few more seeds, and I'm trying to decide whether to try the rapid rooters again or go to a different method. I have a growth in another room that started in happy frog potting soil, but I only had 2/5 germinate in that group.

  • alltatup
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    Ya never know what those little seeds are gonna do! That's great news.

  • Aloner
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    Nothing succeeds like success!

  • abadtrip
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    Congrats it's a nice felling not to kill your babys. I hope your grow goes well.

  • siggy
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    Just to finish the story, got 10 more seeds. Used a collection of information and ended up with all 10 germinating. Used the 'paper towel method' with a little warmth, and 8/10 sprouted within 24 hours, and the other two a couple days later. The next day the roots grew very fast-- some almost a centimeter in 24 hours! Put them in rooters, in a humid chamber at about 80 degrees F, then when the they seemed to want some light I put them in the tent. I still have a hard time holding back with the water, afraid I'll open the flap in the morning to see them all dried up... but I'm trying to let at least the surface get dry.

    Then so my surprise, two of the 'dead' white widows-- planted too deep, about 2-3 cm down, popped up among the new ones. I have five, 5-gallon fabric pots with two seeds per bag- now with 3 seeds in a couple of those bags. The widows took over 3 weeks to show their heads after their near-drowning-- a good lesson about patience!

    Thanks again for the help!

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  • Aloner
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    Lol skill, she says

  • alltatup
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    Aloner well that's proof right there that they work for germination. I could have imagined that I read that, I might have been high... Not luck; skill.

  • Aloner
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    5 out of 5 popped for me in Jiffy pellets in a covered tray on a heat mat; all still going strong. Could be first-timer's luck, though.

  • alltatup
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    I read somewhere that the jiffy things weren't good for cannabis germination...

  • D.A.A.S.69
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    Never used the trays either ,I just keep them damp and in a warm,dark place .Real easy.

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  • GreenDragonRon
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    Defintely don't need the Rapid Rooter tray. I'm a newb and I've gone 10 for 10 germinating so far with Rapid Rooters.

  • Zativa
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    Unfortunately I had a hard lesson on this topic not long ago. Tried to start some 'Lambsbread' seeds and watched the first six sprout, then drown in Jiffy pellets because I watered them when they looked/felt a bit dry. There is a section in the forums about growing difficult Sativas which is relevant here. Once you get them past a few inches tall, they turn into very hardy small trees. But getting them that far can be an exercise in frustration (and also expensive at $8-10 per seed). Second try succeeded, but still lost a few.

    I had better luck with larger GroDon cubes which don't hold water so aggressively. Plant the seeds just under the top surface (which dries quickly), and add water with a dropper rather than by pouring it on. The difference between moist, damp, and wet is very hard to judge. Also a heating pad definitely seemed to help on that second try.

    RapidRooters are designed to be used with their plastic pots, which are exactly the right size. If you buy one, you probably need the other.

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  • alltatup
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    Summer of 2016, when I started my first grow: I can't tell you how many seeds I killed before I got two germinated. You will definitely get a feel for it after a while.

  • D.A.A.S.69
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    Yeah siggy, that's what you were doing wrong, drowning them. I just keep the RR, damp an in a warm place. Yeah I remember them asking what are all the little holes in the seats.

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  • GreenDragonRon
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    I've never had a problem with Rapid Rooters; I soak my seeds for 24 hours, stick them pointy side down into the Rapid Rooter, cover the hole with a piece of Rapid Rooter and plant in the final fabric pot. I cover the Rapid Rooter with a delicup and stick the fabric pot into my grow tent. Sprout is usually out in 36 to 48 hours.

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